Dec 082016
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (December 4, 2016)

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DECEMBER 8, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and tight end Larry Donnell (illness) did not practice on Thursday.

Defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee), defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (quadriceps), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ribs), left guard Justin Pugh (knee), and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

Running back Shane Vereen (tricep), who is currently on Injured Reserve, continued to practice.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Ben McAdoo and select position coaches and players will address the media on Friday.

Dec 072016
 
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Jason PIerre-Paul, New York Giants (October 23, 2016)

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JASON PIERRE-PAUL’S SEASON PROBABLY OVER AFTER SURGERY…
In a shocking development, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery Wednesday morning to repair the groin/sports hernia injury he suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pierre-Paul is expected to miss at least six weeks. There is a chance Pierre-Paul could return if the Giants make the playoffs and win one or two playoff games.

“We wish JPP a speedy recovery, but we have to move on,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “You can’t expect one person to jump in and fill his shoes. He’s a very talented player. We’ll use all hands on deck.”

McAdoo was asked if the Giants would put him on season-ending Injured Reserve. “Too early to tell,” replied McAdoo. “We’re going to monitor. He just got out of surgery a little while ago. We’ll see how he feels and how he progresses.”

DECEMBER 7, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (quadriceps), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.

“They just want to make sure that I am full-go on Sunday, so it is really just taking it a day at a time and not really trying to push myself,” said Hankins.

Defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ribs), and left guard Justin Pugh (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

“I am feeling good,” said Pugh. “Obviously today was a little half and half, it wasn’t a full practice and tomorrow will be good to see, you get uppers on, get pads on, see how I am feeling, so that will be the true test… My knee is feeling great, so I have all intentions of going out and playing on Sunday. We just have to make sure that we are taking the right steps and like I keep saying, I feel like a broken record, making sure that we don’t have any setbacks, but every day I am feeling good, so it is solid.”

Running back Shane Vereen (tricep), who is currently on Injured Reserve, continued to practice.

“There’s a chance that we may have a package for Shane if he’s ready to go (against the Cowboys), said Head Coach Ben McAdoo.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice at 12:20PM on Thursday.

Dec 062016
 
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Jason PIerre-Paul, New York Giants (November 6, 2016)

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JASON PIERRE-PAUL VISITS SURGEON ABOUT GROIN INJURY…
According to multiple press reports, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul visited a surgeon in Philadelphia on Tuesday regarding his groin injury. The New York Post is reporting that the team’s preliminary diagnosis is that Pierre-Paul did not suffer a sports hernia and his injury can be rehabbed and treated without surgery. The meeting with the surgeon hopefully will validate those initial findings. However, a couple of Pierre-Paul’s teammates did not think he would be able to play on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

GIANTS ADD DEFENSIVE END TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed defensive end Jordan Williams to the Practice Squad. Williams was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Jets (2015) and Miami Dolphins (2015-2016).

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday night’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Dec 052016
 
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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (December 4, 2016)

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MONDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Monday to discuss the team’s 24-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Defensively, we played good run defense in the first half and we didn’t let 84 (Antonio Brown) wreck the game. What we need to work on, our second half run defense was not up to our standards. We need to clean up our tackling, defend the screen game better and get off the field on third down.

Offensively, what we did well, we took advantage of a sudden change opportunity. What we need to work on: when you’re struggling and it’s tough to move the ball, it’s hard to overcome setbacks and we have to eliminate the setbacks, the unforced errors. We had four penalties that were costly and at inopportune times, like I talked about last night. Turnovers in the green zone that changed the complexion of the game and Timmons made a tremendous play right there, but it changed the complexion of the ball game. Third and fourth down production must improve. Blocking fundamentals at every position need to get better and we need to finish and fight for every yard available.

Special teams, what we did well, no penalties and drew five on the opponent. Punt after a safety was productive. We generated field position on a couple of opportunities and we kept 84 from wrecking the game. What we need to work on, we need to eliminate the missed the tackles and tighten up the wedge spacing and timing.

Q: To be as committed to the three-receiver set as you are, why not commit to getting all three of those receivers involved?

A: That’s a good question. I’m sure you’re referring to Victor’s (Cruz) comments. When you have been as inconsistent as we have on offense, it’s a challenge. Victor, like everybody else, including myself, wants to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. So my door is always open for any of these guys that want to come in and have a conversation.

Q: The week before, it was Sterling Shepard, so it’s not as if it’s a one-time thing with one receiver. It’s been a problem all season long.

A: Yeah, we are inconsistent there. Victor played, I believe, 26 snaps and Roger Lewis played 23 and we had one reception between the two of them.

Q: How much frustration is there on the offensive side the past couple of weeks?

A: I think there’s a heightened sense of awareness that we need to get better and we need to improve and we need to keep working at it.

Q: You say keep working at it, but do you think it’s time to make some more drastic changes?

A: When we see the film, we see there are opportunities there. Again, the unforced errors and the setbacks when you’re playing inconsistent football on the offensive side, they’re hard to overcome. That’s where we are right now.

Q: I think you said last night, ‘we are who we are right now.’ At this point, is this offense you have a playoff offense?

A: Right now we believe we have the players and the scheme to make a run at this thing. We know we need to get back to work, we need to get some pads on this week if that’s the smart thing and the right thing to do based on the injury report and player health, we’ll do that. We need to play good football on Sunday.

Q: You were asked if the offense is getting frustrated, but do you sense the defense getting frustrated at all with the offenses inability to cash in on turnovers and things like that?

A: We cashed it on a turnover yesterday and the second one we didn’t convert. But no, I don’t sense any frustration or finger pointing.

Q: Do you believe it would help the offense to get Ereck Flowers some help even if that would take away from the skill players?

A: We try to give all of our offensive linemen some help. We try to create as many 2 on 1’s, 3 on 2’s and 4 on 3’s as we can. Whether it’s chip help, whether it’s help from the tight end or help with a slide.

Q: Ereck seems to be the guy giving up more pressures than anybody else. Is there a concern?

A: Ereck, we have a lot of confidence in Ereck. He needs to get better with his hand placement and just fundamentals.

Q: Odell last night said that he didn’t think that ref crew should work your games anymore because of the history they have with your team. What are your thoughts on that?

A: We don’t have any control over any of that. We have a process to gain clarification on calls that are made during the course of a game. We’re going to get plenty of use out of that process this week. Other than that, we need to focus on what we can control and learn from this game and prepare for the next.

Q: Do you sense that Odell does get targeted more by refs?

A: I would say that I thought there were a few times yesterday that he may have been interfered with, but that is part of the process. We are going to send it into New York and to the officials and let them take a look at it and get some feedback from it and some clarification.

Q: Are you okay with the amount of time he spent talking to the officials yesterday?

A: Again, we have a process that we go through. We are going to send the plays to New York that we want clarification on and we will go from there.

Q:  There has been a lot of talk about Odell being out with Antonio Brown on Saturday night and the way he reacted to Brown’s touchdown. Are you okay with all of that?

A: Odell, the reaction that I saw from the TV copy, to me was, ‘Hey, he made his play and now let’s go make ours.’ That is really the way we go about it as a team. It is, ‘Hey, we just play the next play.’ If we can just focus on playing the next play and get better as the game goes on, if we want to be the best in the league at something, let’s be in the best in the league at playing the next play and to me, that was his reaction.

Q: Do you have any injury updates on JPP and Harrison?

A: JPP is still in the process of being evaluated and we will know more sometime tomorrow afternoon.

Q: What about Damon Harrison, Dwayne Harris and Johnathan Hankins?

A: Hankins is sore. It is a quad type contusion. Dwayne has an ankle. Who was the other one you mentioned?

Q: Harrison.

A: Harrison seems to be fine. He went back in the ball game.

Q: What do you think went so wrong when you guys cut it to seven and the Steelers went right down the field on your defense?

A: I thought that Pittsburgh came out, they were aggressive, we had some opportunities to make some plays and get off the field, we didn’t get that done and you learn from it and move on.

Q: Since Week 7, your offense is 30th in the league in total offense. What is prohibiting this group that was so good a year ago and has many of the same parts back from being even a mediocre offense at this point?

A: Like I said going into the season, you can’t switch and expect to be the same type of outfit in the past. Each year is a new year and you have to earn it and up to this point, me included, we haven’t earned it. We have to find a way to be more consistent moving the ball, eliminate the setbacks and the unforced errors and take advantage of our opportunities.

Q: I think you said that you might consider wearing pads this week. Is that the case?

A: Yeah, if we have an opportunity to get in the pads, we will on Thursday.

Q: I know you have limited time that you can put the team in pads, but why would you think this week is important for that? Do you think you need to kind of get them more squared away on fundamentals and get into the more physical aspect?

A: Absolutely. It is December and anytime you look at December football, it is the physical teams, the heavy-handed teams, the teams that are good at the fundamentals, that have the chance to win and play good football in December when the weather turns. So when we have an opportunity to get the pads on, we need to take advantage of it, whether it is for part of the practice, whether it is for the whole practice. But we need to get back to fitting our pads in.

Q: Does that help your running game get on track?

A: I think that helps every position because it is not just up front, it is not just the offensive line – it is the tight ends, it is the backs, it is the wide receivers. We had some opportunities to throw some perimeter blocks that would have made a difference in the ballgame and we didn’t get that done, so it is everywhere.

Q: Is it your hope to have Shane Vereen activated for this Sunday against the Cowboys?

A: Again, we will take Shane back as soon as we can get him back, but that is more of a medical question. If it was up to me, we would have him out there rolling already.

Q: I think Odell was out there for one punt return. What goes into the decision making when to use him and why not to use him more?

A: Again, each and every week we will have a process to take a look at it and see when it is beneficial to have him back there, if it is beneficial to have him back there and we will take a look at it each and every week.

NOTES…
QB Eli  Manning has increased his season total to 3,097 passing yards, his 12th consecutive 3,000-yard season. He is the fourth quarterback in history with at least 12 straight seasons with 3,000 passing yards, behind Brett Favre (18), Drew Brees (13), and Peyton Manning (13).

WR Odell  Beckham’s 100-yard game was the 18th of his career. That broke a tie with Homer Jones for third on the Giants career list and moved him into a second-place tie with Victor Cruz. Amani Toomer holds the franchise record with 22 100-yard games.

Beckham is the first player in Giants history to begin his career with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available for media sessions on Tuesday. The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday night’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Dec 042016
 
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Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (December 4, 2016)

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS 24 – NEW YORK GIANTS 14…
The New York Giants were soundly beaten by the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-14 on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With the loss, the Giants record fell to 8-4. The defeat all but officially ended the Giants division title hopes.

The problem for the Giants remains an offense that has struggled to score points all season. The Giants were shutout in the first half and scored a garbage touchdown very late in the game to make the score look more respectable than it actually was.

The Steelers out-gained the Giants in first downs (20 to 16), total net yards (389 to 234), net yards rushing (117 to 56), net yards passing (272 to 178), and time of possession (34:08 to 25:52). The Giants offense turned the football over twice and continued to struggle on third down (3-of-11, 36 percent). The Giants were also 0-for-3 on 4th down.

Not counting a kneel-down before intermission, the Giants had four offensive possessions in the first half. They resulted in a safety, interception, and two punts with the Giants only picking up five first downs and 91 net yards of offense. Meanwhile, the Steelers punted twice and managed three scoring drives (one touchdown and two field goals) in the first half.

Pittsburgh got on the board late in the 1st quarter when left tackle Ereck Flowers was called for a holding call in the end zone, resulting in a safety. After the free kick, the Steelers drove 38 yards in seven plays to set up a 44-yard field goal to go up 5-0.

A big turning point in the game came on the Giants third possession. New York had driven from their own 29-yard line to the Steelers 9-yard line. On 2nd-and-4, quarterback Eli Manning’s pass intended for tight end Larry Donnell was intercepted at the 2-yard line and returned 58 yards to the Giants 40-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found wide receiver Antonio Brown for a 22-yard score. (The Steelers 2-point conversion attempt failed). The dramatic swing led to the Steelers now being up 11-0.

After a three-and-out by the Giants on their fourth, the Steelers ate up the rest of the first half with a 15-play, 64-yard drive that resulted in a 34-yard field goal. The Steelers converted on 3rd-and-17 on this possession. At the half, Pittsburgh led 14-0.

After both teams exchanged punts to start the 3rd quarter, the Giants drove deep into Steelers territory on their second possession of the second half. But Manning’s 4th-and-1 pass from the Steelers 3-yard line intended for tight end Will Tye was incomplete, and the Giants turned the football over on downs. Nevertheless, the Giants got the ball right back when linebacker Jonathan Casillas forced a fumble that cornerback Eli Apple recovered at the Steelers 17-yard line. Two plays later, Manning hit running back Rashad Jennings for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Despite everything that had gone wrong up to this point, the Giants found themselves only trailing 14-7.

Unfortunately, it was at this point that the defense gave up their longest drive of the game. Pittsburgh drove 88 yards in seven plays to take a 21-7 lead when Roethlisberger threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ladarius Green. The Giants went three-and-out on their ensuing possession but got the ball back late in the 3rd quarter when Apple intercepted Roethlisberger at the Giants 47-yard line. New York could not take advantage as Manning’s 4th-and-13 pass from the Steelers 35-yard line intended for wide receiver Sterling Shepard was intercepted at the 6-yard line.

The Steelers picked up one first down and punted. The Giants got the ball at midfield but again could not take advantage. Manning was sacked on 4th-and-9 from the Steelers 24-yard line. The Giants were now 0-for-3 on 4th down conversion attempts in the second half.

Pittsburgh ate up 5:17 on the ensuing possession, driving 48 yards in 11 plays to set up a 38-yard field goal with 1:39 left to play. After a 38-yard kickoff return by running back Bobby Rainey, the Giants drove 52 yards in five plays to put up a late touchdown on the scoreboard. Manning hit Shepard for the 1-yard score and a more respectable, but misleading, 24-14 final result.

Offensively, Eli Manning finished the game 24-of-39 for 195 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He was sacked twice. His top target was Odell Beckham who caught 10 passes for 100 yards. No other player had more than 34 yards receiving. Running backs Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings only rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries.

Defensively, the Giants allowed running back Le’Veon to rush for 118 yards and catch another 64 yards. Tight end Ladarius Green caught six passes for 110 yards. The Steelers had five scoring drives (two touchdowns and three field goals). Defensive tackle Damon Harrison led the team with nine tackles. Jonathan Casillas forced a fumble that Eli Apple recovered. Apple also had the team’s sole interception. Defensive end Olivier Vernon had both of the Giants two sacks and also had two tackles for losses. Safety Landon Collins defensed three passes.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were left guard Justin Pugh (knee), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (knee), offensive lineman Adam Gettis, wide receiver Tavarres King, and quarterback Josh Johnson.

Injured in the game were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (groin), defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (bruised thigh), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ribs), and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (ankle). Hankins returned to the game. Pierre-Paul will have an MRI on Monday.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • Head Coach Ben McAdoo (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Video)

ROSTER MOVES…
On Saturday, the New York Giants signed linebacker Deontae Skinner to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. To make room for Skinner, the team waived center Shane McDermott.

Skinner has spent time on both the Giants 53-man roster and Practice Squad this year. Skinner was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Patriots (2014-2015) and Eagles (2015-2016), the latter waiving him in August.

McDermott has spent two stints on the team’s Practice Squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in November. McDermott originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft, but the Cowboys cut him in September that year. After a brief stint on the Panthers Practice Squad, the Giants signed McDermott to the Practice Squad in November 2015.

ARTICLES…

Dec 022016
 
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Mark Herzlich, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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DECEMBER 2, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Left guard Justin Pugh (knee), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee) have officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“(Pugh is) not there yet,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “Has a little ways to go. He’s working hard at it.”

Offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf) and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (knee) are “questionable” for the game.

“(Jones and Newhouse are) coming along fine,” said McAdoo. “Had some limited work yesterday… We’ll see how they do tomorrow.”

Wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (wrist) is “probable” for the game.

Running back Shane Vereen, who is on Injured Reserve with a triceps injury, continues to practice. “He caught the ball well (today),” said McAdoo. “He was moving around well. We’ll see how he does with some contact.”

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants play the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday at 4:25PM ET.

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Dwayne Harris, New York Giants (November 27, 2016)

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DECEMBER 1, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee) did not practice on Thursday.

Left guard Justin Pugh (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

Wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (wrist) fully practiced.

LANDON COLLINS NAMED “NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH”…
New York Giants safety Landon Collins has been named “NFC Defensive Player of the Month” for his performance during November. In four November games, all Giants victories, Collins had 30 tackles (23 solo), including a sack, and three interceptions.

Collins is the first Giants player to win an “NFC Defensive Player of the Month” award since defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in December 2011. He is the first Giants safety in team history to win the award. The only other Giants defensive back to win the award was cornerback Jason Sehorn in December 1997.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Ben McAdoo and select position coaches and players will address the media on Friday.

Nov 302016
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 27, 2016)

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NOVEMBER 30, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held a jog-thru practice on Wednesday. Safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee) did not participate.

Left guard Justin Pugh (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (knee), and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (wrist) practiced on a limited basis.

“I think it depends how I come in tomorrow,” Pugh said. “I feel like tomorrow, if I can do more at practice, we’ll see how it goes from there. My goal is just to feel good every day, and keep building off that. And I think we’re heading in the right direction. I’m going to be back sooner or later.”

Although he currently remains on Injured Reserve, running back Shane Vereen returned to practice on Wednesday. Vereen was placed on IR in late September after suffering a triceps injury that required surgery. The Giants now have 21 days to activate Vereen to the 53-man roster, or his season will end on Injured Reserve.

“It was good to get him back out here in the mix with the team,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “He caught some balls…When (the medical staff) deem him ready, we’ll take a look at bringing him back.”

“Physically, I feel good. If it was just up to how I felt like, then I would have been back, but there is a lot that goes into it and we have to be smart,” said Vereen.

GIANTS SIGN SAFETY TO THE PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed safety Christian Bryant to the Practice Squad. Bryant was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams waived him in September 2016. He then spent time on both the Practice Squad and active roster of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals waived him on Monday. Bryant has played in 11 regular-season games with no starts. Bryant lacks ideal size and speed, but he a good athlete and an aggressive player with fine intangibles.

JASON PIERRE-PAUL NAMED “NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. In that game, Pierre-Paul was credited with seven tackles, three sacks, three QB hits, three tackles for losses, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery that he returned for a 43-yard touchdown.

This is the third time this year a New York Giants defensive player has won the award. Safety Landon Collins earned it twice earlier this season. This is Pierre-Paul’s fourth “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” award in his career. Only linebacker Lawrence Taylor (9) and defensive end Michael Strahan (5) have more in team history.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice at 12:20PM on Thursday.

Nov 292016
 
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Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (October 3, 2016)

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ORLEANS DARKWA TO IR, ERIC PINKINS TO 53-MAN ROSTER…
The New York Giants have placed running back Orleans Darkwa on Injured Reserve with a lower leg injury. The team filled his roster spot by signing safety/linebacker Eric Pinkins from the Practice Squad.

Darkwa played in 10 games with two starts for the Giants in 2016. He carries the ball 30 times for 111 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. Darkwa was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in four games in September before being waived in October and signed to the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants signed him off of Miami’s Practice Squad in November 2014.

Pinkins was signed to the Practice Squad in October 2016. Pinkins was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, who moved him to linebacker. Pinkins was waived by the Seahawks in September 2016. He has played in six regular-season NFL games with no starts. Pinkins has a nice combination of size and speed, but his instincts have been questioned.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s away game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nov 282016
 
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Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (November 27, 2016)

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MONDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Monday to discuss the team’s 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns:

McAdoo: I’ll start with the defensive side of the ball. What I thought we did well, we held them to 13 points. We played good situational football. We had some hits, pressures and sacks on the quarterback. Three forced fumbles and recoveries and the touchdown on defense. What we need to work on, we need to get back to tackling the way we’re capable of.

On offense, what we did well, two weeks in a row, we took care of The Duke. It was big in the ballgame. Touchdowns in the green zone and on first and second down, normal down and distance, we won the run 58 percent of the time.  What we need to work on, we need to put ourselves in position to score more points. We’re not getting that done. We have to be more consistent, detailed and finish better.

On special teams, what we did well, our coverage teams played fast and loud. We challenged them this week and they answered the call. I thought with all the personnel in and out of the ballgame they did a nice job stepping up with all hands on deck. What we need to work on, we need to clean up the bad football; the muff, the penalties and the missed PAT.

As a team, where do we go from here? It’s December football. This is where the real football begins. All our hard work to this point has set the table for December. It’s an exciting time against a lot of playoff teams and playoff environments. The margin for error is small. This is where our identity needs to take over.

Q:  You talk about December football and you’re playing playoff-caliber teams to finish off the season. Do you run the risk at all of looking ahead or is it still a week-to-week mentality?

A: We’re going to have a week-to-week mentality. I think it’s important to address the elephant in the room, so to speak. Everything gets cranked up a notch in December with everyone jockeying for position. We just need to make sure we play our best football moving forward.

Q: What is the elephant in the room in your estimation?

A: All of our hard work up until this point has set the table for us to be playing meaningful football in December, which is what everyone in the league shoots for.

Q: Do you view the running game to be more important in December?

A: December football, everything is important. That’s where our identity needs to take place.

Q: Do you know what that identity is yet?

A: Sound, smart and tough, committed to discipline and poise. I know you love writing about it.

Q: Have you seen enough of that to feel confident that it is heading in the right direction as we head to this home stretch?

A: Absolutely. Fundamentals, we’re getting better. We’ve been playing smarter football. Been playing tough and hanging in there mentally and physically. Playing tough. Committed to discipline and poise, absolutely.

Q: You have a lot of young players that haven’t been through meaningful December football. How do you express to them what to be ready for?

A: We’re going to rely on our veterans to lead. It’s important this time of year that the players spend time together. Spend more time together talking about their football and getting our football right. We need to be mentally dialed-in on our preparation. It starts way before game day.

Q: What are you happiest with in regards to where the defense is?

A: I think the most important stat for a defense is points. If we hold a team to 13 points like we did yesterday, that’s a great place to start. I think situational football is improving. Affecting the quarterback is something that is improving. It was nice to see us get some fumbles yesterday, recovered and score on defense, too. The situational football is important, points are obviously important and disrupting the quarterback because we’re going to see some good ones coming up.

Q: When you look at your offense yesterday, are you okay with Sterling Shepard not being targeted in the pass game?

A: We would like to see all of our players touch the ball.

Q: Why do you think it turned out that way?

A: It was a combination of a lot of different things. It’s unfortunate that that’s the way the game went. (He) actually had a nice carry there in the fourth quarter to get us in scoring range. We have some things from an offensive perspective that when you see the type of coverages we did yesterday, you would like to get the ball in his hands.

Q: Obviously you have considered the risk and reward of having Odell on punt return. Is that a tough choice for a coach? Returning punts is a pretty difficult and physical challenge. Do you want to see Odell do that more or less here?

A: We’ll take a look at it and talk through it in the game plan meetings this week.

Q: Is Sterling not having any catches just a function of your offense? It feels like we have had times this season talking about Victor not having any targets or Odell and now Sterling, is that the way it’s going to work some weeks?

A: No. We’re not completing enough balls or moving the chains as much as we need to move the chains for everyone to get involved. Our details and consistency needs to improve. Everyone wants touches. We need to get better and finish better.

Q: The decision with Odell as a punt returner, how do you balance that being that he was so successful?

A: We will get to that when we talk through our game plan meetings. That’s not something I’m going to be talking about with all of you.

Q: Do you find that punt returners are at a greater risk for injury?

A: I think every play that they’re out there on the field is a risk.

Q: Your players seemed harder on themselves after a game like yesterday than you seemed to be on them. Would you agree with that and is there a reason for that? They were totally unsatisfied with yesterday’s win and how they played. How do you explain that?

A: We have a good locker room. We have a high character locker room. They hold each other accountable. As a coach, you really appreciate that.

Q: Is Shane Vereen going to practice with you this week?

A: We will wait and see. We will take a look at that.

Q: When you say a high character locker room and appreciating that as a head coach, did you mean that they will correct and hold themselves accountable for mistakes so you don’t have to necessarily focus on that part of it as much?

A: I have the pulse of the locker room. It’s important for me to be consistent with the way you grade film and the games. You talk about what you did well and what you need to work on. You address where we need to go from there to be successful and to get better and improve. I need to be consistent week in and week out with the way we evaluate games.

Q: Any updates on the injured guys? Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Nat Berhe?

A: Nat and Mark are in the protocol. Pugh did some rehab work today. It’s too early to tell there.

Q: Do you expect Marshall Newhouse or Brett Jones to practice this week?

A: Again, it’s too early to tell. Wednesday is an eternity away.

Q: Eli Manning has hit some deep balls but he’s also had some misses on plays where receivers do have separation. What do you attribute that lack of accuracy?

A: It’s a combination of everything, really. Obviously he has some throws that he’d like to have back, so our accuracy needs to get better. The protection was good at times and not so good at times. The details on the perimeter need to take shape.

Q: Some of the players talked yesterday in the locker room about the idea that you’re fortunate to have players that can make big plays that change the game but you’re waiting for the collective performance that will be able to carry you through the entire game. Do you believe as a coach that when you have players that make those big plays that that can sustain success in December and beyond or do you need more collectively as a team?

A: I think it’s great that we have players that can change the game in one play. We need to be mentally dialed-in to play a complete game at all three phases for four-plus quarters. We really need to cash in on that in December.

Q: Do you feel that the running game is still making progress or did they take a half-step back?

A: I believe in a normal down and distance we made some progress there. We’re not where we want to be yet. We’re going to keep working our way through it. Again, it’s not just the offensive line. It’s the tight ends, receivers, the backs. Everyone is included. We all need to take steps to get better.

NOTES…
The Giants 8-3 start is their best record through 11 games since they were 10-1 in 2008.

The Giants 8-3 record is the second-best in the NFC and tied for the third-best in the NFL.

With their eighth victory, the Giants are assured of finishing with no worse than a .500 record for the first time since they finished 9-7 in 2012.

The 14-point margin of victory was the Giants largest of the season. Their previous largest margin was seven points (17-10 against the Rams in London). The Giants eight victories have been by a total of 41 points.

The seven sacks raised the Giants season total to 25, which is two more than they had in the entire 2015 season, when their 23 sacks was a franchise-low in a 16-game season.

QB Eli Manning threw at least three touchdown passes for the third time in four games, and the fifth time this season, and was not intercepted for the fifth time this season, including each of the last two games.

WR Odell Beckham has eight touchdown catches this season and 33 in his career. That ties him with Plaxico Burress for the most touchdowns by a receiver on passes thrown by Manning.

It was Beckham’s ninth career game with at least two touchdowns, tying the franchise record also shared by Homer Jones and Joe Morrison.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available for media sessions on Tuesday. The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s away game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.